Our People


Buxton enrolls between 90-95 students a year, of which nearly 90% board at the school. Our students come from all over the world, but are united in the core belief of the value of community, creative expression and academic achievement.





China, Bangladesh, Brazil, England, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, UAE, Japan




19% American Minority, 16% International

All of our students go on to further study, with the majority choosing small, liberal arts colleges that share values with Buxton.



The faculty and staff at Buxton are committed to the school, our philosophy of learning and our students. Many have advanced degrees and most have significant teaching experience. They are given great freedom to design their own courses and respond with flexibility and sensitivity to specific groups and individuals.

All teaching families and most teachers live at the school. Along with teaching in the classroom, faculty members have leadership, administrative, and caretaking responsibilities.

At Buxton, students and faculty share their lives in ways both mundane and profound, forming bonds that range far beyond the typical classroom interactions. Over the course of a day, you might be woken up by your math teacher, eat lunch with your French teacher, and sing next to your English teacher during a chorus rehearsal.

We see the development of honest and caring friendships between adults and students not just as a lucky by-product of our program but as an educational goal in and of itself.

Administration and Staff

  • Peter Beck (2013)
    Peter Beck (2013) Associate Director

    B.A. Yale College
    J.D. Yale Law School

  • Margaret L. Cardner (1991)
    Margaret L. Cardner (1991) Senior Recruitment Officer

    B.S. Clarkson University
    M.S. The Pennsylvania State University

  • Jeanne Conner (2017)
    Jeanne Conner (2017) Assistant to the Director of Development

    B.S. James Madison University

  • Andrea DeMayo (2014)
    Andrea DeMayo (2014) Business Manager, Student Records

    B.A. Elms College, M. Ed. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

  • Monique Duffy (2017)
    Monique Duffy (2017) Assistant to the Business Manager

    Savannah College of Art and Design

  • Suzy Konecky, (2017)
    Suzy Konecky, (2017) Director of Development

    B.S. Cornell University

  • Greg Roach (2015)
    Greg Roach (2015) Executive Chef

    University of Michigan, B.Mus Culinary Institute of America, AOS

  • Franny Shuker-Haines (1997)
    Franny Shuker-Haines (1997) Director

    B.A. Wesleyan University

  • Torie Smith (2010)
    Torie Smith (2010) Director of Admissions

    B.A. State University of New York at New Paltz

  • Peter Smith ’74 (1984)
    Peter Smith ’74 (1984) Director of Summer Programs

    B.A. Clark University

  • Mike St.Pierre (1980)
    Mike St.Pierre (1980) Director of Campus Facilities
  • Justina Trova (2014)
    Justina Trova (2014) Admissions and Communications Associate

    B.A. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

  • Lindsey Wyatt (2017)
    Lindsey Wyatt (2017) School Coordinator

    B.S. St. Lawrence University


  • Nicholas Aro (2018)
    Nicholas Aro (2018)

    B.A. UMass Boston French I,II, III, IV, Barn Dormitory

  • Lizzy Beck (2013)
    Lizzy Beck (2013)

    B.A. Yale College
    M.F.A. Warren Wilson (in progress) English II.

  • Peter Beck (2013)
    Peter Beck (2013)

    B.A. Yale College, J.D. Yale Law School, US History

  • David Bluestein ’08 (2016)
    David Bluestein ’08 (2016)

    M.A.T Earlham College. Chemistry, Algebra II, Psychology,  Main House Dormitory

  • Linda Kathryn Burlak (1988)
    Linda Kathryn Burlak (1988)

    B.A. Carleton College; M.S. Cornell University Physics, Biology, Marine Science, Astronomy, Academic Dean, Testing Advisor,

  • Chiara Carrino ’06 (2013)
    Chiara Carrino ’06 (2013)

    English I, Geometry, Health,  Soccer

  • David Denhard (1982)
    David Denhard (1982)

    B. A. State University of New York at New Paltz; M. Mus. Binghamton University Music I, II, III; Piano; Vocal Coaching
    Chamber Music, Chamber Orchestra, Chorus

  • Nyasha Franklin ’15 (2019)
    Nyasha Franklin ’15 (2019) Faculty Fellow

    B.A. Mount Holyoke College

  • Gabriel Guadalupe (2017)
    Gabriel Guadalupe (2017)

    M.A. State University of New York at Albany,  Spanish III, IV, V, Russian

  • Frank Jackson (2007)
    Frank Jackson (2007)

    BFA Virginia Commonwealth University; MFA University of California at Davis Painting, Drawing, Life Drawing

  • John Kalapos ’13 (2019)
    John Kalapos ’13 (2019) Faculty Fellow

    B.A Pitzer College

  • Mathew Kramer (2015)
    Mathew Kramer (2015)

    Farm Manager, Health, Materials Workshop

  • Adrian Lash-St. John ’00 (2004)
    Adrian Lash-St. John ’00 (2004)

    B.A. Bennington College
    Algebra II, Intro to Trigonometry, Calculus
    Skiing and Snowboarding, Work Program

  • Amrita Lash-St. John ’99 (2003)
    Amrita Lash-St. John ’99 (2003)

    B.A. Bennington College
    Ceramics, Folk Singing

  • Matthew Martin  (2019)
    Matthew Martin (2019) Learning Support Specialist
    B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    M.A.Ed. The College of William and Mary
  • Micah Manary (2017)
    Micah Manary (2017)

    B.S. California Institute of Technology,  Algebra I, Pre-Calculus, Principals of Computer Science,  Math team

  • Kathleen Oliver (1987)
    Kathleen Oliver (1987)

    African, Caribbean and Balinese Dance, Drumming and Percussion, Gamelan

  • Ben Ripley ’99 (2007)
    Ben Ripley ’99 (2007)

    B.A. St. John’s College NM,  M.F.A. School of the Art Institute of Chicago Geometry, Photography,
    Life Drawing

  • Timothy Shuker-Haines (1997)
    Timothy Shuker-Haines (1997)

    B.A. Swarthmore College; M.A. San Francisco State University; Ph.D. University of Michigan
    American History, The Western Tradition, Economics
    All-School Trip

  • Franny Shuker-Haines, Director (1997)
    Franny Shuker-Haines, Director (1997)

    B.A. Wesleyan University

    English III, Drama I & II, Creative writing

  • Harry Trask (2019)
    Harry Trask (2019) Faculty Fellow

    B.A. Bard College, M.A Yale University

  • Derek Yiu (2012)
    Derek Yiu (2012)

    B.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa: Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language; M.A. TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Monterey Institute of International Studies, Middlebury College
    Intermediate ESL, Advanced ESL, Spanish I, Conversational Mandarin,
    Gate House Dormitory,  Soccer, Basketball, Indoor Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee


  • “Learning doesn’t stop when you leave the classroom, it’s continuing through every moment of the day and your life, constantly shaping and reshaping you.”
    Hollis Lane
    Hollis Lane San Francisco, CA
  • “At Buxton you get to focus on what you want to be learning; whether it is social skills or in-depth studying- you learn to take responsibility of your education.”
    Francis Magai
    Francis Magai Troy, NY
  • “Living your education means to not only learn things, but to use what you learn in your everyday life.”
    Naima Nigh
    Naima Nigh Mexico
  • “To me, living your education means to be independent, to take charge, to not be afraid of asking for help, to learn from your peers, to love to learn, to take what you have learned from a loving environment and take it into the world.”
    Kat Hallowell
    Kat Hallowell New Hampshire
  • “Your education is more than just your time in class, it’s your life as a whole. Learning is not limited to a teacher teaching you something in a classroom.”
    Cynder Johnson
    Cynder Johnson Missouri
  • “To me, at Buxton, it’s not boundaries that you make, but the ones you break through.”
    Roy Malone
    Roy Malone New York, NY
  • “At Buxton, I can choose what I want to do with my education. I can design my own path and invest my time studying topics that I’m really interested in.”
    Nora Mittleman
    Nora Mittleman New York, NY
  • “At Buxton you can experience your intellectual development in a community that accepts your perspective of the world.”
    Ben Nigh
    Ben Nigh Mexico
  • “I felt instantly at home when I stepped on the campus. At Buxton, we are in school 24/7. We learn things in the classroom, but we really learn valuable things outside of the classroom. We learn how to work with others and respect each other’s spaces. Our education surrounds us and we learn new things everyday.”
    Emily Woodside
    Emily Woodside Albany, NY
  • “I chose Buxton over public school because I think I function better in a smaller environment. You’re able to get to know students and faculty on a deeper level, which is rare.”
    Charlie Starenko
    Charlie Starenko Williamstown, MA

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